Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge is a partnership of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, with support from Grand Challenges Canada.
Today, more than 168 million people around the world live in areas experiencing humanitarian crises.
Millions of these people are unreachable by traditional humanitarian aid delivery due to armed conflict. As the length, frequency, and scope of the world’s conflicts increase, it is becoming more difficult to reach affected people in insecure areas with life-saving and life-improving humanitarian assistance. We need new solutions that respond to the needs of vulnerable, inaccessible communities – yet, less than one percent of humanitarian aid is focused on investing in the innovations necessary to reach them.
The U.S. Agency for International Development, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the Government of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with support from Grand Challenges Canada, are partnering on Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge.
Through this Grand Challenge, we will identify and support groundbreaking solutions that engage the private sector and draw from the experiences of affected communities in order to significantly improve – and in many cases, save – the lives of vulnerable people affected by conflict. Our goal is to identify solutions that allow communities to respond more nimbly to complex emergencies and take steps to create better lives for themselves.
Our Featured Innovators
Snap Truth to Power
In a time of uncertainty, Sealr restores trust in what we see. Sealr is a mobile app that uses Artificial Intelligence and blockchain technology to verify and secure imagery from conflict-affected areas, protecting against fakes and enhancing remote collaboration. It has the potential to fundamentally change the way we monitor projects in remote areas: decreasing waste and fraud and putting a powerful accountability tool in the hands of beneficiaries, giving them a more active role in evaluating how their needs are met.
What is Happening Now
The third call for proposals is now closed! Thanks to all who applied. Our team has begun reviewing the applications.
Curious about our review process? Check out the News & Blogs section for information on our application review process.
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Helping end violence against women, even during a pandemic
The global COVID-19 pandemic has touched every one of our lives in nearly every way, as countries around the world went into lockdown and restricted movement to try to contain or eliminate the rapid spread of the virus. Yet, as people started their isolation, global numbers of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, rose. In Jordan, reports of domestic violence rose by 30%.
The Humanitarian Grand Challenge Announces Support for 27 Solutions To Help People in Conflict Zones
Today, the Humanitarian Grand Challenge, an international partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of The Kingdom of the Netherlands, with support from Grand Challenges Canada, announced total funding of $7.8 million CAD for 27 intended finalists for the second call for innovations of the Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge.
Water scarcity, conflict, and humanitarian action
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